Sunday 1 February 2015

Pictures: Ireland at the World Cup


1/ Kevin Sheedy is mobbed by teammates after scoring that crucial equaliser against England at Italia 90. Gary Lineker had earlier given England the lead.
2/ Packy Bonner dives and saves in the penalty shoot-out against Romania at Italia 90. Dave O'Leary went on to net the winner.
3/ Dave O'Leary buries the ball ... and Romania ... in that famous shoot-out in Genoa.
4/ Ray Houghton scores against Italy in Giants Stadium, New York, a stadium packed to the rafters with Irish fans for the USA '94 encounter
5/ John Sheridan put in a powerful display against Italy .. a famous 1-0 victory in Ireland's opening match in the US.
6/ Possibly the greatest performance ever by an Irishman in an Ireland shirt ... Paul McGrath in the Giants Stadium.
7/ Ireland were one down against mighty Cameroon when Mattie Holland struck a wonderful equaliser at Japan / Korea 2002.
8/ At Japan/Korea the Germans went one up - a lethal header from Klose - and then, at the death, Robbie Keane scored a poacher's equaliser.
9/ Damian Duff celebrates after scoring against Saudi Arabia. And Ireland were through to the last sixteen in 2002. Spain were waiting.
10/ Robbie late equaliser against Spain, but the game was to end in heartache and elimination.

So many memories, so many unforgettable images. We look back at 10 of the best from our three World Cup final appearances, in Italy, USA and Japan

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